Native Texan Livin': June 2016

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bec's Graduation - Class of 2016

The day finally came.  Becca graduated from High School last Thursday.  Graduation day was a wet one...rain, monsoons, flooding, tears.  It was all there!  We thought the ceremony was going to be moved into the school, but regardless of all the complaining about the rain, I'm glad it ended up outside in the wet stadium.  We all got to attend, and in true Santiago fashion, we all yelled, hooted & hollered just so she'd know we were there! :-)

Thank you to all of my family who went the extra mile this past week to support us in such an important life milestone!  We appreciate it more than you'll ever realize!

Bec will be leaving in a couple months for the Navy & it's all going to change in ways I'm not sure we're all prepared for.  I know she'll excel in what she puts her mind to, so I know she'll do great!

My sister Valerie surprised us with this amazing video montage & we all cried the ugly tears of happiness, sadness & joy.  We wish away days, hoping these kids will grow out of "this stage" or "that phase" but watching this video showed me just how fast these past 18 years flew by.

You can {click here} to view the video (I removed the video box that would show the video in this post because it kept auto-playing & would mess up the timing if you paused it). & here aree a few pictures from graduation day & party day.


Welcome to graduation!

Cattle call!

Yes...we had to use umbrellas even under cover!

The skies cleared, the chairs were dried & the kids finally got to come out

Finally getting to walk in!

600+ students ready to graduate

Hooray, they did it!

Proud little sister!

Oh no!  Izzy's next! (good thing we have 9 more years to prepare!)


Memaw with her first great grandchild! 
(as a side note, my Pepaw didn't get to see any of his grandchildren
graudate.  The fact that Memaw has gotten to see all of us graduate, 
& now even a GREATgrandchild graduate, means the world to me!)

reenacting a time when Bec was smaller than us!

 4 generations

Bec with her Graduation bear she got at her Kinder graduation